INEC Office Attacked, Electoral Materials Burnt [Photos]

 

An INEC office at Oriade Local Government Area in Osun state was attacked at about 3 AM on Sunday, officials say. 

Suspected hoodlums are said to have besieged the office, shooting at the Commission’s office and destroying parts of its property.

Some of the items destroyed include ballot papers and boxes which were burnt and 2 generator sets.

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Osun Governor Oyetola Describes Polls As Credible

 

The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has described the voting process as credible and security excellent has he cast his vote at Ward 1 polling unit 2 at his home Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area, Osun central.

The governor alongside with his wife, Kafayat Oyetola performed their civic responsibility at exactly 10:32am.

The former governor, Rauf Aregbesola, also cast his vote at his home town Ilesa in Osun east with his wife at 11:46 am

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He expressed his satisfaction in the conduct of the process, calling on the candidates across the country to respectively conceived the outcome of the results in good faith irrespective of its nature.

Meanwhile, the aged people turnout enmass to perform their duties as an electorate and are all happy about the process.

Woman Stabbed In Fight At Polling Unit In Osun State

A woman has been stabbed at a polling station in Osun state, following an altercation with another lady.

The incident took place at Akarabata ward 1 Units 1-12 which is situated in Lagere, Oranmiyan tower complex.

The lady whose name could not be verified at the time was stabbed by another voter while on the queue.

A fight had ensued over who was and who wasn’t on the said queue.

In the course of the squabble, the victim was stabbed in the face with a bottle.

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Police in Osun state apprehends a lady who stabbed another woman at a polling unit in Lagere.

Speaking on the incident, AIG Adeleye Oyebade who is in charge of Zone 11 in Osun, said that the lady who stabbed the victim has been arrested.

Lady being assisted after getting stabbed by another voter at a polling unit in Osun state.

AIG Oyebade said the situation is not one to be extremely worried about.

He noted that calm and normalcy and assured the residents to come out and exercise their franchise.

AIG Assures Osun Community Of Security Ahead Of General Elections

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The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 11 Command, Adeleye Oyebade, has assured residents of Ila Orangun Community in Ila Local Government Area of Osun state of peace ahead of Saturday’s general elections.

Oyebade gave the assurance on Wednesday during a meeting with the Police Commissioners from Oyo, Osun, and Ondo commands on security and logistics arrangements for the polls.

While reiterating the determination of the police to maintain law and order, Oyebade warned all politicians to sheath their sword.

According to him, the police in collaboration with its sister agencies will not hesitate to deal with anyone found culpable of disrupting the elections.

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The remarks come shortly after residents of the Ila Orangun Community raised an alarm over the recent shootings in the area.

Addressing newsmen in Ila town, Spokesperson for the Ila Elders consultative forum, Gabriel Ajiboye sued for peace and called for a level playing ground for all candidates vying for various political offices.

“For some time now, there have been reports of shootings in the area which resulted in people being injured.

“There has also been a further report of likely disturbances between now and the election time next Saturday,” he stated.

Ajiboye appealed to residents of the community to be law abiding and cooperate with the police in maintaining law and order.

Minor Shot, Properties Destroyed As Osun APC, PDP Supporters Clash

Minor Shot, Properties Destroyed As Osun APC, PDP Supporters Clash

 

Supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have clashed in Osun State.

The violence during which a minor was shot and properties destroyed occurred in Atakumosa East Local government area of the state.

It lasted three days and affected the residents of Iwara, Olowu, Atorin, Lapaide, and neighbouring communities, coming less than one week to the reschedule general elections.

The 11-year-old girl who sustained gunshot wound had already been taken to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital for medical attention.

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Some adults who also sustained various degrees of injury were being treated while at least five houses and cars were burnt during the violent clash.

Amid the chaos, the APC leader in the local government, Israel Famurewa, and his PDP counterpart, Francis Fadahunsi, have traded accusations over who should be held responsible for the violence.

The police authorities have confirmed the clash and warned politicians against engaging in acts of violence in the state.

Shortly after meeting with other security personnel, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abiodun Ige, told reporters on Monday that investigation was ongoing to ascertain the cause of the mayhem.

She assured the residents that the perpetrators of the act would be apprehended and made to face the wrath of the law.

The police commissioner asked all politicians in the state to put an end to the violent clashes and attacks on members as anyone found culpable would be decisively dealt with.

She added that the command would put all apparatus in place to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections devoid of crisis.

Despite the assurance, the residents of affected communities have called on the government and relevant agencies to help restore peace to their localities.

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Gunmen Kill One, Kidnap Four Osun College Workers

 

Gunmen have killed one member of staff of the Osun State College of Technology (OSCOTEH) in Esa-Oke town in the state.

During the attack which occurred on Tuesday, the assailants also abducted five other staff members and two students of the institution.

Channels Television, however, gathered on Wednesday that one of the kidnapped staff members and the two students have been released by their abductors.

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Of the eight persons originally kidnapped, one of the victims who was a registry staff reportedly died on the spot while four were still held in captivity.

The released victims claimed that the attackers were armed herdsmen who were demanding for an unspecified ransom.

Sources at the school said the gunmen blocked the Esa-Oke Road leading to the campus at about 4pm on Tuesday and stopped several vehicles before abducting some of the occupants.

Osun Governorship Election Tribunal Relocates To Abuja

Osun Governorship Election Tribunal Relocates To Abuja
(File) An electorate casts his vote in the Osun State governorship election held on September 22, 2018.

 

The Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal constituted to look into the complaints arising from the September 22 poll has been relocated to Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Tribunal was moved from the High Court of Justice Complex, Osogbo to FCT High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja.

Secretary of the tribunal, Adamu Aliyu, announced this on Saturday in a statement posted on the notice board within the premises of the High Court of Justice Complex, Osogbo, the state capital.

The statement read, “The general public should be informed that the sitting of the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has been relocated from High Court Justice Complex Osogbo to FCT High Court Apo, Abuja.”

The relocation followed a statement by the National Headquarters of the Court of Appeal that the tribunal has not been disbanded as claimed by a political party in the state.

Mr Aliyu also confirmed the development to Channels Television in a telephone interview but did not give any reason for the relocation of the tribunal.

Reacting to the news, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun said they were not informed of the logic behind the relocation of the tribunal to Abuja.

Mr Dele Adeleke, who spoke on behalf of the party, insisted that the geographical location of the tribunal would not prevent Senator Ademola Adeleke from reclaiming his mandate as the governor of the state.

He added that the party’s legal team remained undeterred in the quest to expose the purported electoral frauds that took place during the election.

LIVE UPDATES: Osun Supplementary Election – Adeleke, Oyetola Battle For Victory

 

After days of back and forth over the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the Osun governorship election inconclusive, voters in seven polling units will today decide who will be declared winner.

INEC had declared the election inconclusive after announcing that the margin between the two top candidates was less than the total number of votes in polling units where voting was cancelled.

PDP candidate Ademola Adeleke led the race with 353 votes after polling 254,698 votes, as against the 254,345 votes his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola of the APC got.

Voting is taking place today in seven polling units with a possible 3,498 votes up for grabs.

Here is a quick glance at the polling units in which supplementary election is being held and why that is the case.

Stay with us for updates from our correspondents in Osun:


8:00 am:  It’s underway. Voting has commenced at the polling units where the supplementary election is taking place.


A morning rain in Ife South was not enough to stop the electorates from queueing up to participate in the election.


8:34 am: Accreditation commenced at 8 am at polling unit 012 in Ward 7, Adereti Village in Ife South Local government Area. Although it is raining, voters there have remained undaunted and are getting accredited to vote.



9:42 am: A polling unit 012 in Ward 7 Olode, Adereti Village in Ife South, there are no PDP agents on sight. There is, however, a heavy tight security at the unit.


Here is a peek at what is going on:


10:40 am: Meanwhile, INEC has expressed concerns about reports that observers and journalists are being prevented from doing their jobs.



11:20 am: Man Arrested

The police have arrested a man perceived to be obstructing the voting process at a polling unit in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

The man was arrested at polling unit 5, Ataoje E in Osogbo which has 884 registered voters.


11: 48 am: Still on arrests, three men have been arrested in Osogbo for allegedly carrying charms and banned substances.


1:04 pm: Voters Scamper For Safety As Gunshots Are Fired In Osogbo.

The voting process in Osogbo suffered a setback when voters were forced to flee a polling unit after gunshots were being fired close to the polling unit.


1:23 pm: Voters who fled the polling unit in Osogbo are back after security operatives assured them of their safety. The process is back on.


1:32 pm: Police announce the arrest of 16 persons allegedly in possession of illegal INEC observer tags.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Folasade Odoro, disclosed this in a statement.

“Police team on stop and search duties at Orolu; intercepted vehicles with sixteen persons on board in possession of customized INEC tags, face cap and jackets with the inscription of “INEC Osun 2018 Election Observer,” Odoro said.


2:36 pm: Voting has ended in the supplementary election and the sorting and counting of votes are underway.

4:30 pm: Sorting and counting still ongoing.

Rerun: Osun Govt Declares Thursday Public Holiday

A voter being accredited to vote during the Osun State governorship election on Saturday, September 22, 2018

 

The Osun State government has declared Thursday a public holiday to allow residents to participate in the supplementary election taking place in the state.

Media aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Sola Fasure, announced the decision in a statement on Wednesday.

“The State Government of Osun has declared Thursday, September 27, 2018, a public holiday throughout the state,” the statement read.

“This is to enable workers to participate in the rerun governorship election taking place in seven units in Ife-North, Ife-South, Orolu and Osogbo Local Government Areas of the State.”

Voters at seven polling units are expected to vote to decide the next governor of the state after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Saturday’s election inconclusive.

Their votes will determine which of Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party and Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress will succeed Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Adeleke currently has a 353-vote lead over Oyetola and both candidates will be looking to get a larger share of the 3,498 possible votes available in the seven polling units.

See the list of polling units were elections will be held tomorrow below:

Declare PDP Winner Of Osun Election, Tambuwal Tells INEC

Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal

 

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, winner of the Osun Governorship election.

Governor Tambuwal said the declaration of results as inconclusive by the commission (INEC) is an attempt to suppress the will of the people.

He stated this while meeting with leaders and supporters of the PDP in Minna, Niger State.

Governor Tambuwal said that the people of Osun state like every Nigerian desire a change in governance.

The PDP candidate Adeleke, during the election, led the race with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress.

The margin was, however, less than the 3,498 votes in the polling units where voting was cancelled.

A total of 48 candidates contested in the election, which is considered a crucial test for INEC as it was the last major poll before the 2019 general elections.

INEC Declares Osun Governorship Election Inconclusive

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Osun State governorship election inconclusive.

The reason for the decision, according to the electoral body, is because the number of cancelled votes is higher than the margin between the two top candidates.

Peoples Democratic Party candidate Ademola Adeleke led the race with 254,698 votes, 353 votes more than his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress.

The margin was, however, less than the 3,498 votes in the polling units where voting was cancelled.

Consequently, the Returning Officer for the election, Professor Joseph Afuape, declared the poll inconclusive.

“Unfortunately, as the Returning Officer, it is not possible to declare any party as the clear winner of this election at the first ballot,”

“The Independent National Electoral Commission will announce a date when another ballot will take place. I hereby declare the result inconclusive.”

A total of 48 candidates contested in Saturday’s governorship election, which is considered a crucial test for INEC as it is the last major poll before the 2019 general elections.

With the exception of the Social Democratic Party candidate Senator Iyiola Omisore, who secured 128,049 votes, no other candidate came close to the top two.

Early start

As early as 7 am on election day, residents had converged on polling units with accreditation and voting starting early.

As the day progressed, apart from concerns around vote buying, residents and observers who spoke to our correspondents hailed the atmosphere in which the poll took place. They also commended the voters, INEC and security operatives for how they played their roles.

However, after the collation of results at the INEC headquarters in Osogbo, as electoral officials reviewed the collated result, there was a bit of tension as eager voters became impatient.

The close race between Oyetola and Adeleke which became evident after the first few results were announced, heightened the anticipation.

Around 1 pm, the Director of Media and Publicity for the Adeleke campaign issued a statement, alleging that there was a plot to declare the election inconclusive. The campaign.

The campaign called on INEC “to align with Osun people”.

After the results, were collated, however, Afuape stressed the importance of following the election guidelines.

“You will recall that early this morning, we presented reasons why a candidate could not be returned. According to the election guidelines, where the margin of win between two leading candidates is not in excess of the total number of registered voters of the polling units where the election was cancelled, a party’s candidate may not be returned.

“From the analysis of the result that we have, the difference between the two leading parties is just 353. And the number of voters in units where elections were cancelled is 3,498,” Afuape said before declaring the election inconclusive.

Meanwhile, here is how some of the major parties fared at the poll:


BOLUWADURO LGA:
ADC – 69
ADP – 858
APC – 3,843
PDP – 3,779
SDP – 1,766


ATAKUMOSA WEST LGA:
ADC – 106
ADP – 718
APC – 5,019
PDP – 5,401
SDP – 1,570


IFEDAYO LGA:
ADC – 52
ADP – 176
APC – 3,182
PDP – 3,374
SDP – 1,377


Ede South LGA:
ADC: 83
ADP: 357
APC: 4,512
PDP: 16,693
SDP: 855



OROLU LGA:
ADC – 79
ADP – 388
APC – 5,442
PDP – 7,776
SDP – 2,043


OBOKUN LGA:
ADC – 106
ADP – 663
APC – 7,229
PDP – 10,859
SDP – 1,907


ILESA EAST LGA:
ADC – 188
ADP – 1,275
APC – 9,790
PDP – 8,244
SDP – 3,720


BORIPE LGA:
ADC – 137
ADP – 1,137
APC – 11,655
PDP – 6,892
SDP – 2,730


ILESA WEST LGA:
ADC – 127
ADP – 2,363
APC – 7,251
PDP – 8,286
SDP – 2,408


ORIADE LGA:
ADC – 109
ADP – 1,224
APC – 9,778
PDP – 10,109
SDP – 2,265


IREPODUN LGA:
ADC – 158
ADP – 2,564
APC – 6,517
PDP – 8,058
SDP – 4,856


ILA LGA:
ADC – 96
ADP – 183
APC – 8,403
PDP – 8,241
SDP – 3,134


ISOKAN LGA:
ADC – 56
ADP – 682
APC – 7,297
PDP – 9,084
SDP – 3,460


AIYEDADE LGA:
ADC – 145
ADP – 1,654
APC – 10,861
PDP – 9,836
SDP – 2,767


ATAKUMOSA EAST LGA:
ADC – 60
ADP – 629
APC – 7,073
PDP – 5,218
SDP – 2,140


ODO OTIN LGA:
ADC – 1,034
ADP – 1,112
APC – 9,996
PDP – 9,879
SDP – 2,441


EDE NORTH LGA:
ADC – 89
ADP – 758
APC – 7,025
PDP – 18,745
SDP – 1,380


IFELODUN LGA:
ADC – 236
ADP – 2,844
APC – 9,882
PDP – 12,269
SDP – 1,920


AIYEDIRE LGA:
ADC – 144
ADP – 1,642
APC – 5,474
PDP – 5,133
SDP – 2,396


IFE NORTH LGA:
ADC – 94
ADP – 745
APC – 6,527
PDP – 5,486
SDP – 5,158


EJIGBO LGA:
ADC – 258
ADP – 592
APC – 14,779
PDP – 11,116
SDP – 4,803



EGBEDORE LGA:
ADC – 119
ADP – 650
APC – 7,354
PDP – 7,231
SDP – 3,367


IFE CENTRAL LGA:
ADC – 194
ADP – 1,053
APC – 6,957
PDP – 3,200
SDP – 20,494


IREWOLE LGA:
ADC – 249
ADP – 1,950
APC – 10,049
PDP – 13,848
SDP – 1,142


OLORUNDA LGA:
ADC – 335
ADP – 1,409
APC – 16,254
PDP – 9,850
SDP – 7,061


OLA OLUWA LGA:
ADC – 1,408
ADP – 2,194
APC – 5,025
PDP – 4,026
SDP – 2,104


IFE South LGA:
ADC – 136
ADP – 561
APC – 7,223
PDP – 4,872
SDP – 6,151


IFE EAST LGA:
ADC – 237
ADP – 509
APC – 8,925
PDP – 6,608
SDP – 17,643


IWO LGA:
ADC – 1,164
ADP – 16,425
APC – 7,644
PDP – 6,122
SDP – 4,153


OSOGBO LGA:
ADC – 413
ADP – 2,478
APC – 23,379
PDP – 14,499
SDP – 10,188


LIVE UPDATES: Collation Of Osun Governorship Election Results

 

Welcome to our live updates on the collation of the results for Saturday’s governorship election in Osun.

The collation of results is taking place at the Independent National Electoral Commission Secretariat in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

Stay with us for the results from the 30 local government areas in the state.


 


BOLUWADURO LGA:
ADC – 69
ADP – 858
APC – 3,843
PDP – 3,779
SDP – 1,766


ATAKUMOSA WEST LGA:
ADC – 106
ADP – 718
APC – 5,019
PDP – 5,401
SDP – 1,570


IFEDAYO LGA:
ADC – 52
ADP – 176
APC – 3,182
PDP – 3,374
SDP – 1,377


Ede South LGA:
ADC: 83
ADP: 357
APC: 4,512
PDP: 16,693
SDP: 855



OROLU LGA:
ADC – 79
ADP – 388
APC – 5,442
PDP – 7,776
SDP – 2,043


OBOKUN LGA:
ADC – 106
ADP – 663
APC – 7,229
PDP – 10,859
SDP – 1,907


ILESA EAST LGA:
ADC – 188
ADP – 1,275
APC – 9,790
PDP – 8,244
SDP – 3,720


BORIPE LGA:
ADC – 137
ADP – 1,137
APC – 11,655
PDP – 6,892
SDP – 2,730


ILESA WEST LGA:
ADC – 127
ADP – 2,363
APC – 7,251
PDP – 8,286
SDP – 2,408


ORIADE LGA:
ADC – 109
ADP – 1,224
APC – 9,778
PDP – 10,109
SDP – 2,265


IREPODUN LGA:
ADC – 158
ADP – 2,564
APC – 6,517
PDP – 8,058
SDP – 4,856


ILA LGA:
ADC – 96
ADP – 183
APC – 8,403
PDP – 8,241
SDP – 3,134


ISOKAN LGA:
ADC – 56
ADP – 682
APC – 7,297
PDP – 9,084
SDP – 3,460


AIYEDADE LGA:
ADC – 145
ADP – 1,654
APC – 10,861
PDP – 9,836
SDP – 2,767


ATAKUMOSA EAST LGA:
ADC – 60
ADP – 629
APC – 7,073
PDP – 5,218
SDP – 2,140


ODO OTIN LGA:
ADC – 1,034
ADP – 1,112
APC – 9,996
PDP – 9,879
SDP – 2,441


EDE NORTH LGA:
ADC – 89
ADP – 758
APC – 7,025
PDP – 18,745
SDP – 1,380


IFELODUN LGA:
ADC – 236
ADP – 2,844
APC – 9,882
PDP – 12,269
SDP – 1,920


AIYEDIRE LGA:
ADC – 144
ADP – 1,642
APC – 5,474
PDP – 5,133
SDP – 2,396


IFE NORTH LGA:
ADC – 94
ADP – 745
APC – 6,527
PDP – 5,486
SDP – 5,158


EJIGBO LGA:
ADC – 258
ADP – 592
APC – 14,779
PDP – 11,116
SDP – 4,803



EGBEDORE LGA:
ADC – 119
ADP – 650
APC – 7,354
PDP – 7,231
SDP – 3,367


IFE CENTRAL LGA:
ADC – 194
ADP – 1,053
APC – 6,957
PDP – 3,200
SDP – 20,494


IREWOLE LGA:
ADC – 249
ADP – 1,950
APC – 10,049
PDP – 13,848
SDP – 1,142


OLORUNDA LGA:
ADC – 335
ADP – 1,409
APC – 16,254
PDP – 9,850
SDP – 7,061


OLA OLUWA LGA:
ADC – 1,408
ADP – 2,194
APC – 5,025
PDP – 4,026
SDP – 2,104


IFE South LGA:
ADC – 136
ADP – 561
APC – 7,223
PDP – 4,872
SDP – 6,151


IFE EAST LGA:
ADC – 237
ADP – 509
APC – 8,925
PDP – 6,608
SDP – 17,643


IWO LGA:
ADC – 1,164
ADP – 16,425
APC – 7,644
PDP – 6,122
SDP – 4,153


OSOGBO LGA:
ADC – 413
ADP – 2,478
APC – 23,379
PDP – 14,499
SDP – 10,188


Osogbo is the last LGA to be collated. With results from all 30 LGAs in, the electoral officials are not putting the results together after which they will announce the full results.